An interview from 40 years ago with the late radio presenter John Peel has been broadcast for the first time. The conversation in a Southampton
Here is a clip played on BBC Radio 6 with Richard Latto of BBC Solent. You can hear him discussing the “Curry With John Peel”
In the first post on the new City Walls 2 website White Elephant Records are proud to announce that their first release for 40 years, City Walls 2, is on the way to the production studio.
The album will be a double CD with a re-mastered version of the original release plus extra unreleased demo tracks from some of the bands on the album added to it. The second CD will be of 2021 functioning artists and contain a selection of what the ‘SO’ post code area has to offer today.
As a first taster for the release of CW2 White Elephant are really pleased to announce that a trio of three pieces are the first artists to be confirmed for the 2021 CD of the album.
Secondly, it would be unthinkable if at least one of the bands from the original City Walls album from 1981 didn’t feature on the new release, and Inferior Complex, also based in Eastleigh, are already ‘ticking that box’. As a first for the CW2 web site please check out this
White Elephant is really pleased to announce that a further four bands from the ‘SO’ post code area are now confirmed as having tracks on the ‘new’ CD of City Walls (2021).
The final tranche of artists to be ‘homed’ on City Walls 2, (81+40=21) have been finalised and White Elephant is really proud that they further reflect the diversity of new music and genres alive and well and to be found across the ‘SO’ post code region:
I’ve already been working with some demos by some of the original bands on the album to make a full length (c75 minute) CD and it’s ready now to be re-mastered.
However, what I also want to do is release it with a second CD of ‘new’ material by local bands and artists that are around now in 2021 and haven’t got recording deals and can’t get much exposure because of COVID.
In 1980 Southampton had a burgeoning independent music scene with a variety of bands spanning the spectrum from post punk through to experimental via the post-industrial ‘Factory’ style of output. Following the release of an independent LP emerging down the M27 in Portsmouth a small group of students decided that they could do it just as well for Southampton.
What transpired was an attempt to put out an album that swerved from avoiding one car crash to another, with the simple, but seemingly impossible goal of getting the music played by John Peel on Radio 1. This story of White Elephant Records, and their album, ‘City Walls’ is told in the book “A Curry With John Peel“.
City Walls 2 is being released on a double CD to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of Southampton’s only vinyl LP of indie bands and music back in 1981. The release will comprise of a re-mastered version of the original album with extra demos from some of the bands on it as CD 1 with a second CD of new ‘2021’ playing bands and artists. CD1 is basically ready to go into the studio to be re-mastered and attention is now turning to the ‘new’ CD of bands and artists currently in and around the Southampton area.
The ‘deal’ for all bands and artists on the release is the same as it was back in 1980 – 81, namely:
a) Each band / artist provides master recordings of up to three tracks (in .WAV format) of a previously unreleased and unpublished nature for inclusion on the CD, recorded at their own cost
b) The technical details for the WAV files or similar should be of a quality of at least a minimum of 16bit (preferably 24bit) with a sample rate of at least 44.1khz.
c) Each band / artist provides writing details of those to be credited on the release as the authors of the tracks, and they retain the copyright of the material
d) No payment is made for the material to be included and the sole objective of the release is to get the artists heard on air and by record labels and publishing companies
e) As with City Walls back in 1981 artists can purchase copies of the release at cost price to sell at their gigs / events / via the internet etc. to fans and interested parties. Orders for numbers of copies of the release will be in batches of 25. The total number of copies aimed to be produced (as a minimum) will be 500 with a maximum of 1,000 (like the original City Walls LP).
f) White Elephant Records (the original City Walls record label) will take care of the up-front production costs of the studio mastering and re-mastering of the release along with the costs associated with the artwork and CD production.
g) White Elephant will also undertake promotional activities for the release with existing contacts in the music industry including Radio 6 Music and local BBC and independent radio stations along with music journals etc. Individual bands and artists are also free to do whatever promotional activities with the release they are able to. A list / report of what White Elephant is doing will be made available to all artists and bands to ensure the avoidance of duplication of efforts!
Any other questions / issues / points can be raised directly with Richard Williams, who is curating the release on behalf of White Elephant. Provision of .WAV recordings by artists and bands is the effective signing of the agreement to the terms and conditions referenced above.